Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red Polka Dots

Here's what I did with my polka dot oilcloth. Instead of sewing, I just made a seat cushion.
Cut out plywood with a jigsaw, to fit chair seat. Trace 1" foam and cut out with scissors. Glue to wood circle.
Make a sandwich with oilcloth(right side facing down, batting, foam, wood circle.
Staple 4 sides,North, South, East, West, than staple half of each section, then half again, until it's stapled all around.
Repeat 4 times. Screw into antique ice cream chairs from underneath. Here's the before.
And Ta Da-the after. Much better.
I couldn't resist making another mouse-this time turquoise. I decided to gave him a striped tail.
Don't all fashionable mice wear stripes?
I'm joining It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday. Please check out other wonderful reds.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Take a Moment

I haven't done as much thrifting as I used to. I had to get rid of so much stuff when we downsized, I couldn't justify bringing in more stuff. But you know a girl can't stay away too long.I found this tall thermos at GW and put it next to one I already had. Love the combination.
I didn't get this at the thrift store, but at Half Price Books. I was selling back a bunch of books and walked out with this little treasure. As you know I collect Childs Garden of Verses, but I'd never seen or heard of these. When I got home I googled it, and there was a whole series of Bubble Books.
It has 3 tiny records-that are only grooved on 1 side. My book has all 3 in perfect shape. I guess someone read the poems so the kids could look at the page and hear it too.
Pretty amazing technology, especially for 1922! I love the illustrations and was so happy to add this to my collection.
Also found this lot of ribbon, but why I'm mentioning this is the previous owner had little double stick tape squares to hold the ends. So neat and tidy. There are lots of velvet ribbons and cute plaids and stripes. For the price of 1spool, you get 2 whole stacks-not bad.
Last I had to show the mini apple pies I made to take to a party. They came out kinda cute , but tasted really good,
It's the simple things,isn't it? Do take a moment to enjoy little things.
By the way, I love your comments-they brighten my day! Have a great day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Of Mice and Cashmere

This is what I should be doing. I ordered some oilcloth and it came yesterday. So excited. It looks even better in person. I want to make little chair covers for my outside ice cream parlor chairs. Any hints from you guys on sewing oilcloth would be appreciated,
But here's what I've been doing. If you follow my blog , you know I have all this wool laying around. After looking at it , I thought it would be cute to make some little softies.

Then I had to photograph them all over the house.

Because they are cute.
Anyway, back to errands and sewing stuff for real today!
p.s. my nickname when I was a Girl Scout Camp Counselor was Mouse! Have a great weekend! It's starting to get hot here already. Summer's almost here.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This and That

I found these thrifting awhile back and want to do something with them. Maybe a shadow box. They remind me of the images on vintage cards. I keep getting off on tangents, like working on geneology, when I should be sewing away on wool. Do you ever do that?
This is a photo of my Grandma and my beloved Aunt Ruth. They were 2 years apart and inseparable. I could move into that kitchen right now. I think that roasting pan went to my Mom , because I faintly remember it. Look at their cute dresses!
Aunt Ruth is the one who taught me to love crafts and later I taught her to sew with a pattern. I have alot of her ceramics that she made(always with long human eyelashes) I'm so in love with that sink!!! I am going to try to get back on track today. Just thought I'd pop in. My computer was down over the weekend so I didn't get to do my Mothers Day post. I hope you all had a great day and weekend!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


I found these cute garden shoes at JoAnns today. I couldn't pass them up at 50 % off. I am a gardener wannabe. One of these days I'll show you beautiful flower photos like some of your blogs. But for now, I'm potting my rosemary plant. I think I'll wear my clogs just to pretend I'm planting a garden full of flowers.Here are the promised afters of my window seat in my bedroom. You've seen me working on the pillows. I have half on one side and half on the other.Pillows made of old chenille,linens and a quilt cutter,
Here are my hankies. They cover the cheapo curtain rod, I had to use one of those rods that curves at the ends, to fit it next to the wall.
I'm also up to my ears in wool. I haven't discussed this with you.
I am a woolaholic. There I said it. My obsession began with a rug hooking class years ago, and I started buying , tearing up, washing and felting old wool clothes. Than it continued on to felting wool sweaters. Now that we've downsized, somethings gotta give.
So I'm making up more pillows out of beautiful wool and felted sweaters that are the most luscious colors. Add a little hand sewing and here you go. I'll be adding these to the shop soon.
The thing about wool is working with it, you feel the lanolin in it. That's why dogs love it too. Anyway, I've gone on enough. Hope you have a wonderful Day!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pillows And More Pillows

First I had to have some milk and cookies, because everything goes better after that. An oatmeal chocolate chip cookie kind of helps when you're in a slump.Diving in to finishing pillows for my window seat. I hate the part where you have to sew it closed. Yuck!
I tore up a chenille bedspread to make my window seat cover, and am using vintage chenille for some of the small pillows. Also used some vintage linens. I love pom pom fringe!
Here are some more pillows I've made and added to the shop. They are all made from vintage fabric or quilt squares. I think they look nice together.

I hope you make some time for a cold glass of milk and cookies this week. Have a wonderful day!